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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1832 – Birth of Thaddeus Lowe, American Civil War aeronaut. 1910 – First U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Glenn Curtiss himself. 1935 – Boeing’s prototype B-17 Flying Fortress, designated the Model 299 (shown above), […]
B-1B Crashes in Montana, Crew Escapes

B-1B Crashes in Montana, Crew Escapes

A Rockwell B-1B Lancer bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana on Monday, but its four U.S. Air Force crew members survived after ejecting from the South Dakota-based aircraft, Air Force officials said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers ejected before the bomber crashed about 9:30 a.m. near Broadus, Mont., said Col. […]

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Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

A restoration effort has begun at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach in central-west Queensland, Australia, to convert a vintage Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat into a historical display. The museum has secured a $50,000 grant to help restore the plane. It bought the plane in Spain four years ago and flew it home to Longreach […]
Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

The U.S. Army is looking to offload a used and abused Airbus A300 in China Airlines livery from its Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The Army notes that the aircraft was used for “Government testing” and as the result of the testing, it “is not a functional plane.” It’s not kidding. The A300, in a […]

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Nebraska Museum Features Military Might

Nebraska Museum Features Military Might

The American heartland has as rich an aviation history as any region on Earth. And it should, given that the Wright brothers were from Dayton, Ohio. Over five weeks this summer on Road Trip 2013, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman visited many of the region’s most important aviation hotspots. Among them was the Strategic Air & Space […]
Flying Magazine’s 51 Heroes

Flying Magazine’s 51 Heroes

Throughout its history, aviation has generated some of the most remarkable figures that ever lived, including those brave pilots who made the first forays into the air and who courageously pushed the bounds of flight in ways previously unimaginable. At the same time, aviation has produced a number of people whose heroism rises above the […]

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Time Running Out for Tokyo Raiders Medals

Here is an Generic Petition for the CGM. You all know that we are trying to get the Congressional Gold Medal for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders before we lose any more of them as we are down to the last 4 out of the 80 brave airmen who took off so long ago from the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1871 – Birth of Orville Wright, co-inventor, with his brother Wilbur, of the first airplane to achieve powered, sustained, and controlled flight and the first fully practical powered airplane. 1917 – Heinrich Gontermann, a German World War I fighter ace, shoots down a SPAD fighter and later, on a single mission, downs four balloons in […]

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ROK to Get First South Korean Fighter

ROK to Get First South Korean Fighter

South Korea’s first home-grown light combat fighter, built by Korean Aerospace Industries and named the FA-50, will be delivered to the Air Force this week, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Sunday. The FA-50 is a light combat aircraft that was developed based on KAI’s T-50 Golden Eagle, a supersonic advanced trainer, to replace the […]
Group Rallies Around Endangered Sabrejet

Group Rallies Around Endangered Sabrejet

Organizers of the “Save the Airplane” grass roots group continue to be on a mission to save the Korean War-era North American F-86L Sabre jet from leaving Monroe, N.Y. Like a pilot filing a flight plan for approval from its control tower, the group is developing plans it hopes will get approval from the Village of […]
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